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My Breastfeeding Journey: 5 Months A Slave…

December 29, 2016
Photo Courtesy: Milky Mama

Navy is almost five months old, which means I have been nursing for about five months now. I am his sole source of food; I am undoubtedly 5 months a slave. (it’s ok, you can laugh)

This time around things have been much different from when I nursed my daughter. Charlie B. was a breeze. She loved nursing, pumping wasn’t easy but I got it done and my freezer supply was hearty — Life was good. Navy B. is a whole ‘nother story. Sometimes he likes to nurse, sometimes he’ll fuss his way through it. Pumping was going great (I got a new pump and it made a world of difference) but then my supply decreased. Then, my freezer stash to a severe hit. Things were looking bleak.

In an effort to somewhat correct the downward tailspin my breastfeeding journey was taking, I took some drastic (and some not so drastic) measures to get back on track. Here’s what I did …

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How To Pick The Perfect Avocado In 5 Easy Steps!

July 29, 2015

Forget Peter Piper and those stupid pickled peppers, Vanessa Barnett just pick the perfect avocado. Boom!

Why is this a big deal? Well, if you have to ask this question then either you don’t eat avocado (WTH?!?) or you’re some weird alien who picks the perfect avocado every time (again, WTH?!?). But, if you’re like the rest of the non-perfect picking people of the world, then you’ve run into your fair share of too ripe, not ripe enough, rotten avocados. Unfortunately, and for some unknown (or maybe just unknown to me) reason, getting it just right in the avocado department is quite a daunting task. Well, because I’ve done it once, I am now an expert and thus I must teach everyone I know my vast and expansive knowledge of all things “perfect avocado”.

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A Few Ingredients = A Fantastic Mexican Corn Salad!

July 8, 2015

Quick, easy, tasty? Check, check, check!

Seriously, all you need is just a few fresh ingredients and you’ll have an incredibly delicious dish on your hands. I found this recipe on good ‘ol Pinterest, but of course, I tweaked it a bit (the original recipe called for mayonnaise but I omitted it).

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Quick & Tasty No-Bake Energy Bites

April 14, 2015

I’ve seen these little no-bake energy bites on Pinterest for quite some time, but last night (at midnight!) I finally decided to make them. It took virtually no time at all, PLUS they’re super yummy and healthy. Win-Win-Win!


1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned Quaker oats)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup chocolate chips (minis may be better)
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of cinnamon


Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Makes about 20-25 balls.

Recipe spotted @ Gimme Some Oven (although I tweaked it a bit..took out the coconut and added a pinch of cinnamon.)


#SunriseSmoothie: Strawberry Mango Madness

April 2, 2015
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1 c Chobani Mango Greek Yogurt
1 c fresh strawberries
1/2 ripe banana
1 tsp flaxseed meal
1/2 c spinach (optional)


Purée Chobani, strawberries, banana, flaxseed meal, and spinach (if using) in a blender until smooth and serve or refrigerate for later.


#SunriseSmoothie Series with Chobani!

April 1, 2015

Start your mornings with #CharlieB and I as we bring you our #SunriseSmoothie series!

Everyday we’ll post our #SunriseSmoothie featuring our favorite greek yogurt, Chobani! Today’s treat is actually the “Berry Banana Smoothie” courtesy Chobani’s website.


1 c Chobani Strawberry Greek Yogurt
½ c fresh or frozen raspberries
2 ice cubes (optional)
1 ripe banana, frozen
2 T honey (optional)


Purée Chobani, raspberries, ice, banana and honey (if using) in a blender until smooth and serve.

As a working mom who’s always on the go, I LOVE that this recipe is super simple AND super delicious. #CharlieB drank every drop!